The classic carb cycling schedule alternates between high- and low-carb days, six times a week, saving the seventh day for reward meals. Depending on your health and fitness objectives, however, you might want to alter your setup for the week. For instance, to lose weight, you might aim for five low-carb days interspersed with two high-carb days, suggests Starnes. On the other hand, if gaining weight and adding muscle is your goal, think about including four or even five high-carb days. [click here to continue]

Hemingway’s Advice to Aspiring Authors


Ernest Hemingway on Writing:

MICE: How can a writer train himself?

Y.C.: Watch what happens today. If we get into a fish see exactly what it is that everyone does. If you get a kick out of it while he is jumping remember back until you see exactly what the action was that gave you the emotion. Whether it was the rising of the line from the water and the way it tightened like a fiddle string until drops started from it, or the way he smashed and threw water when he jumped. Remember what the noises were and what was said. Find what gave you the emotion; what the action was that gave you the excitement. Then write it down making it clear so the reader will see it too and have the same feeling that you had. That’s a five finger exercise.

MICE: All right.

Y.C.: Then get in somebody else’s head for a change. If I bawl you out try to figure what I’m thinking about as well as how you feel about it. If Carlos curses Juan think what both their sides of it are. Don’t just think who is right. As a man things are as they should or shouldn’t be. As a man you know who is right and who is wrong. You have to make decisions and enforce them. As a writer you should not judge. You should understand.

MICE: All right.

Y.C.: Listen now. When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice. When you’re in town stand outside the theatre and see how the people differ in the way they get out of taxis or motor cars. There are a thousand ways to practice. And always think of other people.

Note to Self: Take your own advice!

Why is it easy to give advice to others on life, relationships, and everything else…but when it comes to your own situations, you dont take your own advice, and in some circumstances, hardly take the advice of others…

“It is a good divine that follows his own instructions” ~William Shakespeare

As for myself, I give people loads of advice, they ask and I give…Health advice – eat this, dont eat that…weight loss tips…relationships.. he said, she said…. family issues… the list goes on and I am no expert in any of those fields but Im still throwing advice at people (ONLY when they ask, I dont lecture people).

It feels a bit hypocritical, that I give advice and in similar situations I can’t take my own advice. I know its easier to give than to receive, but why is it so hard to follow your own so-called wisdom?

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself”  ~Cicero

Wise men don’t count money…

“Economic prosperity may come and go; that’s just how it is…But values are the steady currency that earn us the all-important rewards.” -Peter Buffet

For those who don’t know who Peter Buffet is, google him. He’s the son of one of the wealthiest men in the world, Warren Buffet. Although Warren Buffet is sooo wealthy, he still lives a moderate life, drives a regular car, lives in the same house since I don’t know when. Overall, he has passed on to his son the knowledge of life’s important values and that money isn’t everything.

We live in a materialistic world, and it’s very important we teach our children and families the important values of life. Everyone has their own values they live by, for me, some of the values I find very important are forgiveness, patience and appreciation. My family and friends are very dear to me so I try to forgive when they mess up, be patient in difficult situations, and appreciate all they have done and continue to do for me. At the end of the day, these values mean more to me than designer bags or shoes. We keep thinking “more, more, more” but really what more do you want when all you need is there in front of you. Just remember, life is more important and use your time wisely. I use it spending lots of time with my family and friends and just trying to keep adding memories because as life progresses, things change, and all you will have are memories…